'Pride and Prejudice' to be presented by Pleasant Valley High School
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Appearing in the Pleasant Valley High School production of "Pride and Prejudice" are, standing, from left, Lydia Shank (Mrs. Bennet), Hailey Blanding (Lydia Bennet), Angelica Ramirez (Kitty Bennet), Anthony Zarzycki (Mr. Darcy); sitting, Nathaniel Rhoads (Mr. Bennet), Rebecca Anglemyer (Mary Bennet), Sarah DeLucca (Jane Bennet) and Rachel Wenrich (Elizabeth Bennet.)
Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic drama, "Pride and Prejudice," Nov. 22-24, to kick off its 2013-14 season.
"Pride and Prejudice," a novel by Jane Austen, is set in early 19th century England and tells a humorous story of life among wealthy English gentry, in particular, the pursuit of love among these class-conscious socialites.
The main character, Elizabeth Bennet (Rachel Wenrich), finds herself courted by a snobbish Mr. Darcy (Anthony Zarzycki), a man she swears she would loathe forever. Elizabeth's older sister, Jane (Sarah DeLucca) also finds herself as the object of a man's interest, Mr. Bingley (Kurt Ammermann), all of which delights the ever-meddling Mrs. Bennet (Lydia Shank), quietly-humored Mr. Bennet (Nathaniel Rhoads) and the ever-watchful remaining sisters, Jane (Rebecca Anglemyer), Lydia (Hailey Blanding), and Kitty (Angelica Ramirez).
To complicate matters, the Bennets' cousin, Mr. Collins (Zach Counterman) arrives and announces he is the heir to the Bennet estate and offers to marry one of the Bennet girls.
"Pride and Prejudice" will be performed at Pleasant Valley High School under the direction of Dan and Marcie Mulligan and with production assistance from Carol Ring.
In their 20th year of directing plays and musicals, the Mulligans are enjoying this experience of directing classic British literature.
"Working with the language, decorum, and costumes of Georgian-era England has been an enriching experience for our cast and for us as directors. Jane Austen's themes in her works are timeless, and we are excited to bring this classic work of literature to life on the Pleasant Valley stage," says Marcie Mulligan.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered ahead of time through Carol Ring at email@example.com.